As Android smartphone manufacturers continue to launch devices with bigger screens and thinner bezels, even essential UI elements like on-screen navigation buttons are slowly getting tossed out in favour of the next big fad – gesture-based navigation. In fact, Google’s latest Android 9.0 Pie release relies quite a bit on gestures for basic system navigation, so it’s clear that this thing is here to stay.
The newest member to join the gesture clan is the Honor Play, the gaming-centric smartphone that Huawei’s sub-brand launched in India last month.
According to a report by MySmartPrice, Honor Play is now getting a new OTA update for EMUI 8.2, the UI overlay baked over Android 8.1 Oreo that the smartphone runs out-of-the-box. Bearing version number 220.127.116.11, the update adds full-screen navigation gestures to the smartphone, allowing you to get rid of the on-screen navigation buttons.
There isn’t much information about how these gestures will work on the Honor Play, but it’s quite likely that they are like those found on other Android smartphones. As is the case with all OTA updates, the rollout is phased, so it may take a while for all Honor Play units out in the while to get the update.
Having a starting price of Rs 19,999, Honor Play is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC, paired with 4/6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s also support for microSD cards of up to 256GB. The smartphone has a 6.3-inch FullHD+ notched display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels.
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For imaging duties, the smartphone comes with a dual-camera system at the back, with one 16-megapixel sensor and one 2-megapixel sensor. Up front, there’s a 16-megapixel camera for selfies and video calls. From Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac to USB Type-C, the Honor Play has all the connectivity options one can ask for. A 3,750mAh battery keeps things running.
The standout feature of the smartphone is Huawei’s ‘GPU Turbo’ technology, which works under-the-hood to (supposedly) provide the best gaming performance. So, if you play a lot of games on your smartphone, this is most likely the smartphone for you.